Six African countries classified as challenging operating environments craft tailored funding requests to the Global Fund
Challenging operating environments (COEs) are countries or sub-regions of countries that the Global Fund characterizes as having weak governance, poor access to health services, manmade crises (such as conflict) or natural crises (such as famine).
The Board of the Global Fund to Fights AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has approved continued funding of up to $46.4 million for three applicants. The Board decision was announced on 26 November.
The Board’s approval followed recommendations from the Technical Review Panel (TRP) and the Secretariat, including the Grant Approvals Committee (GAC). See the table for a full breakdown.
Diagnostic Review Finds that Eritrea Has Used Grant Funds Constructively to Strengthen Health Systems
Eritrea has used Global Fund resources from a number of grants constructively to strengthen its national health systems, a diagnostic review of the country’s grants released by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found. The review identified other good practices. But it also revealed weaknesses in programme management and in financial and procurement systems.
By Kate Macintyre
I was saddened to learn that Dr Tewolde Gebremeskel, Head of the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) in Eritrea, has died at the age of 60. His intelligence, fierce drive, transparency, work ethic and energy, supported by an able, well-organised team, have been largely responsible for Eritrea’s successful malaria control programme in the last 15 years.
In the first week of August, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released seven new reports covering audits conducted in Burundi, Malawi and Ukraine; and diagnostic reviews undertaken in Eritrea, Gambia, Georgia and Peru.